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Moving to Northern Italy with young family

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Re: Moving to Northern Italy with young family

Post Posted: Fri Jan 28, 2005 1:33 am

[quote="jojames"]Hi Dawn,

A warm welcome to Expat Focus and our forums, and thanks a lot for offering help and info to other members, it's much appreciated.
I'd like to know what prompted your move to Italy, what obstacles did you come up against, etc. Also, if it's not too personal, what made you return to Scotland?

Hope all is well, tell us more when you get a minute Smile

Jo[/quote
Thanks for the welcome Jo. Glad to be of service! To answer your questions, I moved to Rome because I made friends over there on the internet, and they offered to assist me. I wanted to try something different for myself and my children, and Rome seemed as good a place as any. The friends I have are fantastic people and we are still in close contact with lots of visits back and forward planned. One of them has already been here recently for a week.The biggest obstacle had to face was settling the kids into school. State schools in Italy dont really cater for foreign children and the language barrier was a major problem. I was lucky enought to get them enrolled into the private English speaking school I worked at. The second problem I encountered was the reason I am home. A stalker. He followed me from work, threatened me on the train with scissors, followed me home etc. I reported him to the Carabiniere, but I had to put my childrens safety first. I felt very isolated because of him. It has not detered me. I will return again perhaps when my kids are a little older. They still speak Italian every day and would love to return one day. Regards Dawn

 

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Re: Moving to Northern Italy with young family

Post Posted: Fri Jan 28, 2005 10:31 pm

Hi again Dawn,

Well, thanks for being so candid about what happened to make you return to Scotland - I can't think of anything more frightening than being stalked, especially in a foreign country, so I can readily understand your reasons...that is terrible.
I'm impressed that you can look past the experience to remember all the great things about living in Rome, it's a very positive message for others who may be considering a big move.

Keep in touch with us, no doubt you will be able to help other members with Italy questions as well Wink

Take care,
Jo

 

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Re: Moving to Northern Italy with young family

Post Posted: Tue Feb 01, 2005 6:00 pm

Dawn,

Just read your post about leaving Italy...sorry to hear of your experience over there. Hope that's now well and truly over and done with.

Re. Scotland, are you an East or West coaster (or something in between)? Confession time...my family's from Fife Embarassed

Cheers,

Jamie


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Re: Moving to Northern Italy with young family

Post Posted: Tue Feb 01, 2005 6:50 pm

Hi Rod,
Lockerbie. So Im south west. Fife is great for salmon fishing! (my hobby).
My bad experience with the stalker is well behind me. Im determined to not let it mar the memories of the wonderful things that happened to me, and believe me, they are countless. I think it was just bad luck, or the fact that I stood out because I was a 6" attractive blonde in a country of short dark men( no disrespect meant there by the way, and excuse my modesty....ha ha)
Rome is THE place for me, and I will return as soon as I get out of the financial mess it left me in. Thanks for saying hi.
Dawn

 

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Re: Moving to Northern Italy with young family

Post Posted: Tue Feb 01, 2005 9:02 pm

Rome is THE place for me, and I will return



Great stuff, hope you make it back there soon (I suspect we share the same opinion of the Scottish weather!)

Cheers,

Jamie


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Re: Moving to Northern Italy with young family

Post Posted: Fri Jul 15, 2005 2:43 am

Dawn,

I hope this message reaches you! I am curious about Italy and have focused on moving to Genoa as a possible relocation area. I am a single female and work as a Realtor in TX. But I am open to any kind of work that will support me until I can master the language. Do you think it would be hard to find work (and support myself) when I can only speak English? I'd love to chat and learn more of your experience. Thanks so much! Laura

 

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Re: Moving to Northern Italy with young family

Post Posted: Fri Jul 15, 2005 2:49 am

Laura,

Just a quick note to say welcome to Expat Focus!

Jamie


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